Rainy City Loves The Weekend: 14 Family Adventures

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Right that’s it, you are not getting away with it any longer, the minute the foil gets unpeeled and those cheap chocolates get scoffed out of the advent calendar, we are officially ALL Christmas ALL the time. There is not an unchristmassy thing on the list this weekend, plus we have been busy rounding up Santa experiences, going wild in the woods and of course, getting hold of a ticket to How To Hide A Lion for you to win! If you really can’t bear something Christmassy we suggest something active like RockTots or baking up a storm with recipes from Crafty Cooks. Whatever you decide to do, let it be merry and bright…

Etsy Made Local, Manchester

We have been thinking a lot about how we shop at Christmas recently, and small ethical producers get our seal of approval. So if you are  still Christmas shopping (who isn’t?) then head over to the Etsy Made Local event at the People’s History Museum (love) which even more awesome welcomes the Our Kids Social team for a fantastic craft workshop and a chance to get creative with your kids, before showing off your funky – feet and groovy – moves on the dance floor with their Silent Disco fun on the Saturday.

People’s History Museum, Friday 1-Sunday 3 December, book ahead for the Our Kid Social event on Saturday 2 (which is £5 per child, adults go free)

WinterFest, Hulme Garden Centre

A festive day of beautiful craft stalls, free activities, food, drink and frolics! Free entry though you may end up spending on the stalls of course…

Hulme Garden Centre, Saturday 2 December 12pm-6pm, free

Aladdin, Old Trafford Library

A free performance of a pantomime classic, all ages are welcome but at a running time is approx. two hours plus a 15 minute interval, we suggest this might be best for 6+. Please note that there is a limit of six tickets per booking. For more info, please contact libraries@trafford.gov.uk or 0161 912 3189.

Old Trafford Library, Saturday 2 December 1pm, free

Festive Fairytale Fun Day, Z-arts

Join Z-arts this Christmas for a bold and brilliant day of family fun all based on well-known classic tales, expect your adventure to be packed with music, dance, arts and crafts activities. Plus, there’ll be a chance to learn more about the Christmas show Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf  and get involved in some festive activities.

Z-arts, Saturday 2 December 12-4pm, free

Levenshulme Inspire Christmas Fair

Inspire are holding a Christmas Fair with Santa’s Grotto, festive stalls, yummy food and, of course, ukuleles. Hope on over to Levy Market too, for more festive shopping and if you haven’t bought one yet, you can pick up a Christmas tree.

Levenshulme Inspire, Saturday 2 December 12-5pm

Santa Arrives By Helicopter

The ever-brilliant City Airport is hosting a children’s Christmas party with games, magic and more. Santa is giving Rudolph the night off and arriving by helicopter, which is sure to blow young transport-lovers minds.

City Airport, Sunday 3, 10 and 17 December 3-5pm, tickets £12.50

Christmas Carols at Ordsall Hall

Come and enjoy some festive favourites performed in the Great Hall by the Brass Quartet from the Salford Music and Performing Arts Service.

Ordsall Hall, Sunday 3 December 2-4pm, free

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Christmas at the Farm, Tatton Park

See your favourite farmyard friends when you visit Father Christmas and his reindeer. Live music from carol singers, brass bands, children’s entertainers, face painting, meet Aunty Mary in her Christmas Cottage who will be making traditional salt dough decorations (take one home to decorate!) and meet other farmyard favourites around the nativity including two donkeys.

Tatton Park, Saturday 2-Sunday 3 December 11am-4pm, adults £7.50 children £6.50

Elf Hunt, Risley Moss

A family fun day with grotto, Christmas market, trees, choirs, the whole works in the surrounds of the reservoir at Risely Moss. Be sure to use the Park and Ride as there is no parking at the actual event.

Risley Moss, Saturday 2 December 10am – 4pm, entry £1.50

From Babies with Love Christmas Card Workshop, Chorlton

From Babies with Love is the baby brand that donates 100% of its profits to orphaned and abandoned children. Every penny of profit from their beautiful, ethically sourced baby gifts goes to vulnerable children around the world. So it is practically your duty to head along to the card-making workshop at Our Kid (also it will be gorgeous, fun and free!).

Our Kid, Saturday 2 December from 10.30am, please email bookings@our-kid.co.uk if you would like to join in with this sweet festive occasion.

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Knutsford Christmas Weekend

Head out into Cheshire for a fantastic assortment of community entertainment all afternoon, with the the light switch on at 6pm and a reindeer parade at 5pm (Santa will be there!) plus markets, inflatable snow globe and funfair on both days.

Knutsford town centre, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December from 1pm, free

Christmas Family Day, Portland Basin

All the Christmas you can handle with craft, Christmas trails, Santa’s Grotto, decorations to makes and carols to sing at this hidden gem.

Portland Basin Museum, Sunday 3 December 11am-3pm, free but it costs £4 to visit Santa

Peter and The Wolf, Chorlton

Peter and Grandad have gone camping for the weekend. Grandad says stick to the campsite but Peter has other ideas. Join Peter on a hilarious adventure through the fields and forest as he discovers new sounds and noises.

The Edge, 30 November-3 December, tickets £8/£6

Jingle Bell Jog, Media City

Santa’s, Elf’s, Reindeer’s and all things festive and fancy dress are invited to join this 5k fun run. All finishers will receive a special Christmas medal, plus all little runners will get their hands on a tasty selection box too! This is purely a fun event for the festive season , no times are taken and all are welcome! So why not dig out the Santa suit and bring the whole family along.

Media City, Sunday 3 December 10.30am from £6 per child

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